Discussion Was "Union Dixie" actually written during the Civil War?

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privateflemming

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I know Fanny Crosby wrote "Dixie for the Union" to the tune of Dixie in 1861 and there were other Union parodies of it but they have different lyrics than the "Union Dixie" version that begins "Away down South in the land of traitors" that is often quoted and said to have been written as a Union parody during the Civil War. Does anyone know the origin of this and when it was actually written? The first reference I can find to the opening line on Googlebooks is from 1951. It just seems like the most well-written version so I'm curious.

 
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This is a new one for me! Never came across the "Union Dixie" before but even though I identify as a Yankee, I actually like the original "Dixie" much better.
 

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This version appeared in the Washington Standard, June 14, 1862:
Wow, thank you! That does begin with "Away down South in the land of traitors" but still doesn't follow with "rattle snakes and alligators" and the rest of the lyrics are a bit different. There definitely seem to have been a lot of similar songs like this.
 
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